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A strange, energetic sci-fi epic about a guy and his id.
A strange sci-fi epic about the id and the unknown.
A strange sci-fi epic about the id and the unknown.
105 backers pledged $5,186 to help bring this project to life.

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 Velthaneus is a trippy, cyber-punk experience, a hand-drawn adventure from artist and storyteller Ashley West. It is a sci-fi comic with an homage to classic black and white manga interiors including quips of novella to complement energetic sequential art.

Thane, our main man, a prisoner fettered by the constraints of Terapin, a towering stronghold, dwells in the bottomless Karstian Cavern teeming with monstrous trogs. When he escapes purgatory with the power of raw id, the source of impulse within all verthians, will Thane liven up the streets of Karst with a new party trick, or lose his mind to the same destiny that swallowed the city nearly three decades prior.

Id. Ego. Superego. The trinity.

"The art is insane and the story is a blast." -ComixCentral
"The art is insane and the story is a blast." -ComixCentral

 

 

"Action, sci-fi, psychology, VELTHANEUS!" -Canned Air Podcast
"Action, sci-fi, psychology, VELTHANEUS!" -Canned Air Podcast

 

"Velthaneus is a beautifully drawn epic sci-fi adventure where the id, ego, and superego come to life." -Comics and Cashmere
"Velthaneus is a beautifully drawn epic sci-fi adventure where the id, ego, and superego come to life." -Comics and Cashmere

 

 

PDF Version (Left) Physical Version (Right)
PDF Version (Left) Physical Version (Right)

 

 

Velthaneus Issue 01 Cover Mock (Subject to change)
Velthaneus Issue 01 Cover Mock (Subject to change)

 

 

Back Cover (Colors Not Final)
Back Cover (Colors Not Final)

 

Interior Art and Novella
Interior Art and Novella

 

Tablet Edition (Webcomic) and Physical Edition
Tablet Edition (Webcomic) and Physical Edition

 

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure

Content Rating: Teens and Adults

Physical Release: December 2018

Length: 48 Pages

Supported Languages: English

Key Features: 

  • Gloss printed, full color cover art
  • 32 pages of crisp, hand-drawn sequential art
  • Character bio page
  • Question Corner page
  • Concept art and extras

There will be no stretch goals for the Velthaneus Kickstarter Campaign. I believe it is more important to focus on Velthaneus' story, art, and page flow than to add extra bells and whistles. My core being strives to provide above and beyond entertainment!

 

Velthaneus Banic
Velthaneus Banic

Tall, dark, and harry, Thane loves to rumble, tumble, and have a good time, so much so, his id was locked away and the Terapin prisoner will wager anything to get it back. He currently spends his days slaughtering id infected trogs to pay off his insurmountable debt.

Ellexa Luxom
Ellexa Luxom

One of Terapin's chief idromancers who specializes in psychology. Her looks and persuasive ability have a way of reducing Thane to pulp.

Kolby Kaspar
Kolby Kaspar

Ellexa's assistant, a Terapin intern with a knack for mechanical engineering. The tensile strength of his body is resilient, but his self-esteem is brittle.

Ogle
Ogle

A real, flesh and blood superego and Ellexa's pupil. He loves going on patrol with his mentor but neglects his daily lessons.

Id
Id

Thane's id, a shapeshifting ball of impulses and bodily needs in physical form, originating from the dark corner of his brain.

Trog (Troglobite) - Species: Reploid
Trog (Troglobite) - Species: Reploid

Aimless monsters crawling, lumbering, and leaping below the Karstian doline are the highest offense of Karst crime. Their impressive size make them suitable hosts for AWOL ids carrying nasty agendas. 

There's really nothing sneaky about it. Velthaneus' pages are posted upon completion as a webcomic to LINE WEBTOON. Seriously, go check it out. I like to think of it as my focus testing platform!

Subscribe to Velthaneus on LINE WEBTOON!
Subscribe to Velthaneus on LINE WEBTOON!

 

Velthaneus Issue 01 Final Interior Art - Physical Format Version (Pencils)

Page 9
Page 9

 

Page 10
Page 10

 

Page 11
Page 11

Why add novella?

  • The novella incorporates an extra layer of depth to Velthaneus, allowing more dialogue to fit on each page. Awesome art and word bubbles no longer compete for space!
  • Allows the story to move faster and saves space for sequential art highlighting the most entertaining imagery. 
  • It's unlike anything you'll find in a comic shop. A comic, manga. light novel hybrid!

11X17 Pencil Prints. There's almost a new character on every page turn of Velthaneus. My sketchbook's the place where character development happens. I love testing out ideas for story beats in later issues. You may end up with a character that has yet to debut!

Sketchbook Print
Sketchbook Print

 

 

Sketchbook Print
Sketchbook Print

 

 

Sketchbook Print
Sketchbook Print

 

 

An 11x17 gloss print of punchy cover art for issue one featuring Thane!

Velthaneus Cover Art Sample (Subject to change)
Velthaneus Cover Art Sample (Subject to change)

 

An 11x17 gloss print of the colorful, interior background art for issue one featuring Ellexa! 

 

(Colors Not Final)
(Colors Not Final)

 

This is a rare chance to score original Velthaneus pencils, as scene in issue one sequential art! See FAQ for details.

Original Art Sample (Page 10)
Original Art Sample (Page 10)

 

 

Original Art Sample (Page 9)
Original Art Sample (Page 9)

 

 

Original Art Sample (Page 5)
Original Art Sample (Page 5)

 

 

 I've come to Kickstarter to make Velthaneus the best it can be. Feedback and focus testing are essential for that reason. That's where you all come into play. Reading the webcomic version of Velthaneus is akin to beta and alpha testing for video games. I need you all to tell me what I can do better. Kickstarter is a great place to find a community willing to be a part of this project as it evolves and comes to fruition with the help of funding.

I've been hard at work on the final version of Velthanes' first issue since August 2017. In four months of that time, nearly a third of the issue has been completed. The money raised during the Kickstarter will allow printing expenses to be covered upon full completion 8 months from now. October and November will be dedicated to polishing, sending the pages to print, and shipping all backer rewards, landing Velthaneus Issue 01 in everyone's hands by December!

 (Backer tier fulfillment and printing expenses are included in Velthaneus Development.)

Risks and challenges

Delays are one of the most daunting challenges in the development world, often asking those involved to sacrifice ether creativity or time. Fortunately, this is a personal project, and I have the grace of flexibility. However, I am a one person team and have more than just the jobs of drawing and writing. That being said, punctuality is important, and I will do my best to deliver Velthaneus Issue 01 by the predicted date. The amount of feedback I get from you all could also impact the development timeline as I want to make sure Velthaneus is coherent and fun to read for all fans.

This leads to the next major risk. There is always a chance Velthaneus will not turn out as fun or exciting as you hoped it would. However, I am focused on eliminating that scenario. Feedback on the webcomic will help to mitigate anything unclear within the story flow. Lastly, Velthaneus may look kid friendly, however, some content is not appropriate for children. If you have a child that wants to read/look at Velthaneus, please check the webcomic or enjoy your copy first before allowing a child to do so.

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    Id Wrangler

    The sequential art may be black and white, however, explosive color will grace the cover. Receive a signed, full color print featuring id wrangler supreme, Thane!

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    Grab this tier to uncover the colorful blur behind all the interior art. Receive a signed, full color print featuring boss idromancer, Ellexa!

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    Have thoughts or questions about Velthaneus Issue 01 or the world and characters of Velthaneus? Get your question published in the Question Corner section with your name/alias. See FAQ for Details.

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    Time to leave the nest. I promise I won't cry! Take home one piece of signed, original art from the Velthaneus issue 01 sequential panels. See FAQ for details.

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